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My letter to ESPN Re: The Firing of Hank Williams, Jr
Self | 3 October, 2011 | Self

Posted on 10/03/2011 5:30:38 PM PDT by Howie66

I am writing to express my displeasure with the decision of ESPN to pull Hank Williams, Jr. from your Monday Night Football opening.

Mister Williams did nothing more than express his opinion on a television show. The last time that I checked, we still have a United States Constitution (I served to defend it in the Marine Corps) and we still have the freedom to express our displeasure with our government and our elected officials.

There never seemed to be an issue with that when President Bush was in office.

Since you choose to ignore Mr. Williams right to free speech, I will no longer watch your broadcasts in my home. Many of my friends share my views on this.

May your ratings follow Mr. Obama's poll numbers.

Sincerely,

X.X.Xxxxx XXXXXXXX, Texas USA


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KEYWORDS: espn; football; freespeech; hankwilliams; hankwilliamsjr; vanity; williams
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To: Jaguarmike

Hanks comments were offensive? How so? I sure as hell didn’t see that.


51 posted on 10/03/2011 6:10:50 PM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: Howie66
The last time that I checked, we still have a United States Constitution (I served to defend it in the Marine Corps) and we still have the freedom to express our displeasure with our government and our elected officials.

Sure, and we also have the obligation to face up to the consequences of what we say, as the Dixie Chicks discovered. Williams has no Constitutional right to have ESPN air his song before every MNF telecast and quite frankly the whole tiresome ritual in this country of comparing any politician we don't like to a monstrous dictator who put millions to death is ridiculous. There are probably children in the US who think Hitler was just some politician their parents didn't like.

I didn't catch the MNF opening tonight but they could do a lot worse than to go back to this.
52 posted on 10/03/2011 6:12:27 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: SkyDancer

Evidently. Do you know of anyone that got fired for that?


53 posted on 10/03/2011 6:12:27 PM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: SkyDancer

Like that skank that they had opening the show last couple of seasons?


54 posted on 10/03/2011 6:14:10 PM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: Howie66
I'm a packer fan but I'm not going to watch espn anymore unless the pack is Playing or badgers, No more sports news from them.
55 posted on 10/03/2011 6:14:41 PM PDT by factmart
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To: Howie66

European Socialism Preferred Network (ESPN)


56 posted on 10/03/2011 6:15:17 PM PDT by joelt
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To: Howie66

Probably got a raise and a day off with pay. I’ve something like twenty pictures of Bush being bashed by protestors. Sick. So whenever I see a post somewhere when Obamalamadingdong is characterized and people get mad, I post a couple of picture of Bush the same way and say “Oh Yeah?”


57 posted on 10/03/2011 6:15:25 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Talent Without Ambition Is Bad, Ambition Without Talent Is Worse.)
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To: factmart

GO!! PACK!! GO!!


58 posted on 10/03/2011 6:17:01 PM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: Howie66

Great letter!

I also blame FOX for this because they’ve had HWJ on in the past and know his outspokenness on politics. He was initially on to speak about a music collection of his father’s. They baited him.....and, as usual, he was HONEST (which I love).

JMHO


59 posted on 10/03/2011 6:26:04 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: Shqipo
Rainbow colored uniforms for LGBT awareness month?

The Chickifying of the NFL . . . It's all over the place . . . yesterday's Browns game had pink shoes, pink laces, pink patches on helmets, shirts, pants, and the referees had pink lanyards with pink whistles . . . SONAFABEECH!

I have no respect for any organization that would promote anything that would help Susan Koman in their Planned Predator donation farce.

To think that lots of that money is going to be given to help kill unborn and newly born American citizens by that disgusting abortion provider makes me sick.

That crap is ok, but Hank Williams, Jr's comment was not . . . sick!

But, likewise, I don't watch MNF anymore since they moved from ABC and buried themselves somewhere in the high numbered channels.

60 posted on 10/03/2011 6:28:12 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: Howie66

Not sure who that might be. I’m in Australia and don’t get ESPN down here although sometimes I stream it.


61 posted on 10/03/2011 6:29:43 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Talent Without Ambition Is Bad, Ambition Without Talent Is Worse.)
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To: laweeks

I was okay with this use of pink, though..

http://www.houstontexans.com/tv-media/photo-gallery/Cheer-Photos-Steelers-at-Texans/b4a43474-9dc0-40b1-9ea2-6b3dd5858fa2


62 posted on 10/03/2011 6:37:24 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Carbonsteel

DING! DING! DING!

We have a winner!

I’m amazed so few FReepers have noted this.


63 posted on 10/03/2011 6:40:39 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Howie66

I lost interest in them this year when they became the National Fondling League. I won’t give up constitutional rights for—frickin’ football.


64 posted on 10/03/2011 6:46:55 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: ArmstedFragg
I was okay with this use of pink, though..

http://www.houstontexans.com/tv-media/photo-gallery/Cheer-Photos-Steelers-at-Texans/b4a43474-9dc0-40b1-9ea2-6b3dd5858fa2

I'm unanimous on that! Wow! Put pink on women and stop the chickifying now! I can't stand it!

65 posted on 10/03/2011 6:48:33 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: Howie66

I didn’t see where he was fired, only that tonight they weren’t playing his song. Did I miss something?


66 posted on 10/03/2011 6:51:26 PM PDT by Sporke (USS-Iowa BB-61)
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To: Michael.SF.

Glad you mentioned the Dixie Twits. The complaint against Manes was more that she said her criticism of the President in a foreign country rather than at home. I think that is what pissed us off more than what she said.

Where are the Dixie Chicks today? Huh?
As for Tobey Keith, he rules! I put a CD of his “Red, White and Blue” in my son’s Army jacket which he left at home before he went to fight in Iraq.

Gave the CD to him the day he arrived home.

As for Hank Jr. - He’s got balls which is more than ESPN has, including those they use to play football.

His old man’s really proud of him!

I propose that Hank Jr, Ted Nugent and Larry the Cable Guy put together a travelling show. What a hoot that would be and the only flags that would be flying there would be “the Red, White and Blue”.


67 posted on 10/03/2011 6:52:32 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Mr. Mojo

‘Zactly, and that is why we aren’t going to watch.


68 posted on 10/03/2011 6:53:05 PM PDT by tiki
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To: Howie66

Are You Ready For Some FUBO?!


69 posted on 10/03/2011 6:53:56 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Michael.SF.
The "Ditzy Chicks" will join George Strait, Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel and other music stars for a concert in Austin benefiting the victims of the wildfires that raged through Central Texas this September. The four-hour concert will be held at the Frank Erwin Center on Monday, Oct 17 at 7 p.m.

http://weareaustin.com/fulltext?nxd_id=181957

70 posted on 10/03/2011 7:05:07 PM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Whatever dude. This about a double standard that nothing would have happened if Bush was in office. Go to hell EsPN liberal scum.


71 posted on 10/03/2011 7:09:14 PM PDT by ohioman
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To: Howie66
I happened to see Mr. Willaims’ rambling, nearly incoherent comments this AM on F&F. I thought he was drunk or very high. It was disgusting, & the hosts were clearly uncomfortable, especially Gretchen Carlson. Willaims is an embarrassment to himself & reflects badly on his associates, conservatives, & ESPN.

Your right to free speech ends at the entrance to my property. You have no right to enter my property & embarrass me or my guests. You have no right to represent me in public & say things that reflect badly on me without losing that representation.

ESPN has every right to censure or fire Williams for his bad behavior. The First Amendment applies ONLY to gov’t, not private businesses & individuals, & rightly so. Freedom of association implies the freedom of disassociation. ESPN did exactly what I would have done - fire the drunken bum.

I don't like the Obama Presidency any more than Williams does, but making a jackass of yourself on national TV doesn't exactly support your views.

All this kind of stuff does is give Liberals grist for their propaganda mill, & reflects badly on all conservatives who support this gravel mouthed fool.

72 posted on 10/03/2011 7:14:21 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Old Sarge

ESPN lost my interest when Rush was canned years ago as a football analyst.

ESPN markets itself here there and everywhere including school students who have ESPN magazines distributed in their schools.


73 posted on 10/03/2011 7:14:47 PM PDT by Nextrush (President Sarah Palin sounds just right to me)
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To: ari-freedom

No one said we wanted a damn fairness doctrine. We just want to call out ESPN for the lib scum they are. Why must you keep trying to deflect this rightful anger?


74 posted on 10/03/2011 7:16:22 PM PDT by ohioman
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To: ohioman

Of course there’s double standard in the media. No disputing that. But I specifically commented on the threadmeister’s contention that somehow Hank Junior’s first amendment rights were violated by the firing. They weren’t.


75 posted on 10/03/2011 7:18:36 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: wiseone
Good post wiseone! Many do not pay attention or put a connection between the network and the advertisers.

Yet it is the only way to hold their feet to the fire. ESPN like most network shows is just a shill for the president and the dem party
76 posted on 10/03/2011 7:19:06 PM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: Rome2000; swpa_mom
I watch NASCAR on espn, but can't stand their announcers.

I like many others mute the TV and listen to the race on Sirius radio channel 90.

NASCAR made a big mistake when they got hooked up with espn rather than broadcast TV.

77 posted on 10/03/2011 7:20:04 PM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: Howie66
I heard the exchange on Fox and Friends this morning and Bocephus did not compare Obama to Hitler.

He was talking about the gross political theater that is Washington's major output. He started by clearly stating that the Democratic Party as it has been acting is our enemy. That's right - E N E M Y. This knocked the Fox hosts back on their heals.

Bocephus the said that the golf foursome earlier this year involving Obama, Bonier and others made as much sense as a golf game involving Hitler and Netanyahu.

The comparison he was driving at was we should expect nothing from the photo ops being passed around by the LMSM as progress. He's right. How can two strongly divergent political philosophies resolve their differences in the time it takes to play 18 holes?

BTW - the ONLY person that I heard on Fox and Friends saying the Bocephus compared Obama to Hitler was one of the hosts - not Bocephus.

Wonder if Fox and Friends will ever post the entire link of the interview?

78 posted on 10/03/2011 7:22:44 PM PDT by Nip (TANSTAAFL and BOHICA)
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To: Mister Da

You look more the Jerk than Hank. Myself and many on here totally support him.


79 posted on 10/03/2011 7:28:15 PM PDT by ohioman
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To: ohioman

“No one said we wanted a damn fairness doctrine. We just want to call out ESPN for the lib scum they are. Why must you keep trying to deflect this rightful anger?”

I’m all for writing letters, boycotting ESPN, etc
But my problem is with the words in the OP “Since you choose to ignore Mr. Williams right to free speech”
He has the right to say whatever he wants. He just doesn’t have a right to a job with ESPN (or anyone) if he says whatever he wants.


80 posted on 10/03/2011 7:30:35 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I'm a heartless conservative because I love this country.)
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To: ari-freedom

Well it’s not about free speech. I can agree with that. However, we can not pass up any opportunity to rightfully bash the leftist media such as ESPN.


81 posted on 10/03/2011 7:52:16 PM PDT by ohioman
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To: ohioman
Since the owners of this site have seen fit to ban individuals here for their comments on numerous occasions, I seem to be in the better company here than you.

The fact that you are limited to a lame personal attack reflects the weakness of your argument. And “other Hank Williams Jr. fans agree with me” is not a convincing argument to anyone beyond puberty.

82 posted on 10/03/2011 7:59:05 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: West Texas Chuck

The MNF intro started sucking once they got rid of the two helmets dropping.


83 posted on 10/03/2011 7:59:10 PM PDT by bacal
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To: ohioman

Absolutely. And I think a lot of people will notice “Are You Ready for Some Football?” was missing and they will wonder what happened.


84 posted on 10/03/2011 8:01:54 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I'm a heartless conservative because I love this country.)
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To: Jaguarmike

What was offensive about his comments? Did you see the interview?


85 posted on 10/03/2011 8:05:00 PM PDT by WatchOutForSnakes
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To: Carbonsteel
He compared a golf summit between Obama and Boehner and said it would be “like a summit between Hitler and Netanyahu.”

Of course, if Bocephus had simply changed the order of the names in his comparison, liberals would be calling him a hero.

86 posted on 10/03/2011 8:20:47 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Barack suffers from ADD -- "Additional Deficit Disorder".)
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To: justa-hairyape
Our President is assassinating US citizens abroad with unmanned drones.

That "American" you are defending was plotting new ways to make you die in your own Country. My only regret is that we don't get to see the look on his face when he went BOOM.

87 posted on 10/03/2011 10:32:07 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Shadowstrike

What defense ? Our President committed a crime. Could care less who the crime was committed against. The US is making every single country on this planet its enemy because of these illegal actions. How about not giving training and arms to Bin Laden in the first place. How about not letting Muslim illegals into this country in the first place. Pakistan has not been turned from a neutral status to a full blown enemy of the US and they are Islamic and they possess nuclear weapons.


88 posted on 10/04/2011 3:39:16 AM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: justa-hairyape

not been turned should read now been turned


89 posted on 10/04/2011 3:40:25 AM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: All

Do not fall into the trap of the left’s political correctness folks.


90 posted on 10/04/2011 3:49:41 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Mister Da

By attacking Hank and siding with the libs at ESPN, what did you expect, a lovefest. Do what you will I could care less, but I meant everything I said. Never pass up any chance to bash the left. They are the enemy, weigh into them not Hank.


91 posted on 10/04/2011 4:29:14 AM PDT by ohioman
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To: ari-freedom

You got that right. I also hope that Hank stays 100% unapologetic.


92 posted on 10/04/2011 5:27:38 AM PDT by ohioman
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To: Howie66

Too bad you couldn’t have made it a petition that we all could have signed.

As it is, I have been watching much less of the “pro” sports because of their silly Political Cowardice stands. Just like this one...


93 posted on 10/04/2011 5:32:48 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the sheltered will never know.)
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To: Dead Corpse

I doubt that a petition would have any more impact. The libtards at ESPN don’t listen to anything but the voices in their heads anyway.


94 posted on 10/04/2011 5:40:31 AM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: Howie66

You missed a great game last night as it was exciting to the end. The stadium was jam-packed. Curtis Painter was doing a pretty good job and gave the Bucs a fight...but Tampa managed to pull it out in the 4th Quarter. Great game.

I think they just yanked Hank for last night. Now that he’s apologized, they’ll probably have him back starting next week. Maybe then, if you are a real NFL fan, you can get over your boycott. LOL.


95 posted on 10/04/2011 7:43:26 PM PDT by Diverdogz
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To: Diverdogz

I am a fan of our Country, our Constitution and our Liberty.

I am also a real NFL fan.

I just choose to not support those that would place their Anti-America agenda ahead of common sense.


96 posted on 10/05/2011 6:42:29 AM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: All

Espn is owned by Disney.

Disney has their ESPN sports complex where all sorts of kiddies go to compete in various events.

Perhaps we should be writing to Bob Iger.


97 posted on 10/05/2011 6:48:52 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory

Boycott the adcertisers on Monday Night Football.


98 posted on 10/06/2011 10:45:55 AM PDT by safetysign
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To: longtermmemmory

Boycott the advertisers on Monday Night Football.


99 posted on 10/06/2011 10:45:55 AM PDT by safetysign
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To: longtermmemmory

Boycott the advertisers on Monday Night Football.


100 posted on 10/06/2011 10:46:09 AM PDT by safetysign
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